Kolobok


Many, many years ago in a small village near the forest lived an old peasant with his wife. They lived in a great poverty and could barely survive. One morning they both discovered that their food supply was completely gone. There was absolutely nothing left for them to eat, not a single carrot or potato, not even a dry crust of bread. The old man then suggested his wife to bake the bread. “What are talking about,” answered the old woman. “I need some flour for making the dough, but we do have none!” Her husband continued, “Why don’t you scrape out the flour-box and sweep out the storage jar, may be you’ll manage to collect enough flour to bake a little bread ball (kolobok) for us.” The old woman did what her husband suggested and got two handfuls of flour. Next, she made the dough and shaped a little round ball out of it and put it inside the oven. When kolobok was fully cooked and ready, old woman pulled it out of the oven and put it near the open window to cool off before serving the breakfast. Kolobok stayed there for a while, then he jumped from the windowsill to the bench and from the bench to the floor. Kolobok quickly realized that no one is watching him, so he kept rolling, first to the open door, then through the door to the porch, from the porch down the steps to the yard, from the yard through the gate, through the gate he rolled away. He rolled on and on along the road and had so much fun that did not even see how he ended up in the middle of the forest. Shortly after, Kolobok saw a Hare hoping toward him. “Kolobok, Kolobok, I will eat you up!” said the Hare. “Please don’t eat me, Hare, but instead enjoy my song now:

“I am Kolobok- Kolobok,
I was scraped from the flour-box,
And swept out from the bin,
I was baked inside the oven
I was set to cool off.
I ran away from the Grandpa,
I ran away from the Grandma,
And I’ll run away from you, Hare, as well!”

And Kolobok kept rolling along the forest path until he faced a Wolf. “Kolobok, Kolobok, I will eat you up!” said the Wolf.

“Please don’t eat me, Wolf, but instead let me sing my song to you:

“I am Kolobok- Kolobok,
I was scraped from the flour-box,
And swept out from the bin,
I was baked inside the oven
I was set to cool off.
I ran away from the Grandpa,
I ran away from the Grandma,
And I’ll run away from you, Wolf, as well!”

And Kolobok rolled away from Wolf singing his song until he rolled right onto the Bear’s feet.
“Kolobok, Kolobok, I will eat you up!” said the Bear.
“Please don’t eat me, Bear, but instead let me sing my song to you:

“I am Kolobok- Kolobok,
I was scraped from the flour-box,
And swept out from the bin,
I was baked inside the oven
I was set to cool off.
I ran away from the Grandpa,
I ran away from the Grandma,
And I’ll run away from you, Bear, as well!”

And Kolobok was back on his path until a Red Fox came across him.
“Kolobok, Kolobok, I will eat you up!” said the Fox.
“Please don’t eat me, Fox, but instead let me sing my song to you:

“I am Kolobok- Kolobok,
I was scraped from the flour-box,
And swept out from the bin,
I was baked inside the oven
I was set to cool off.
I ran away from the Grandpa,
I ran away from the Grandma,
And I’ll run away from you, Red Fox, as well!”

“Oh, what a beautiful song!” said the Red Fox. “However, my hearing lately is not as good as your song. Roll over onto my nose so I can enjoy your song better if you don’t mind singing it for me again.” Kolobok was very naïve and did not think twice before he jumped right onto the Fox’s nose and started his song from the beginning:

I am Kolobok- Kolobok,
I was scraped from the flour-box…

Poor Kolobok did not finish his song. As soon as he started singing, the Red Fox tossed him to the air, opened its mouth and swallowed Kolobok in seconds…

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